Reprinted courtesy of The Worthington News/SNP (c) 2004.
By Scott Takac
The attorney hired to handle the Don Scott north runway expansion issue for Worthington was expected to address City Council on Tuesday with a noise analysis questioning the results of Ohio State University's noise study.
Anne Brown, Worthington's public information officer, said David Zoll would present a new analysis of the data from the university's study.
Council approved emergency legislation Sept. 20, appropriating $40,000 to fund the analysis so it would be completed before a public input session scheduled for Thursday by Ohio State, which owns the airport.
Brown said Zoll's study contrasted with the university's study presented on Sept. 10, which showed no significant noise impact from a north runway expansion.
She said Zoll intends to submit the new analysis to the Federal Aviation Administration and that he thinks the impact it shows is significant enough to make the FAA call for a new, more in-depth, environmental impact study from the university before approving an expansion.
Zoll is expected to present results of Worthington's analysis again at a public input session scheduled by the university at 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Wright Elementary School, 2335 W. Case Road.
Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the formal program will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
University officials said the purpose of the workshop is to update the public on the status and findings of Ohio State's environmental assessment and to answer questions from residents.
Also Thursday, the university will hold an advisory committee meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratory, 2300 W. Case Road on the grounds of the Ohio State Airport.
The purpose of the meeting is to present the findings of the environmental assessment to the advisory committee and to answer any of the committee's questions on technical issues.
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